Paul Boniface, Ableworld’s franchise director, has successfully made the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, after announcing he would take on the challenge to raise money for charity.
If successfully navigating what is arguably the UK’s largest mobility retailer through the market wasn’t already challenging enough, Mr Boniface climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro as part of his 65th birthday celebrations.
Reflecting on his trip, Mr Boniface said: “It was an amazing experience and very tough – especially towards the end when we made our final ascent in the dark and -10⁰C temperature. Having reached the summit I was then ‘escorted’ down at pace due to the onset of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The journey down was one of the more interesting ones of my life!”
Along with 12 other people, Mr Boniface braved the sub-zero conditions on an allowance of five litres of water a day to raise sponsorship for #ClimbKili2017.
The Ableworld boss was raising money for: The Wingate Centre, which provides support and opportunities for young people with all levels of physical and learning disability or who are otherwise disadvantaged; Mid Cheshire Hospital Charity, whose aim is to provide additional healthcare facilities to families and children over and above that available via the NHS; RedShift Youth Activities, a non-profit community hub and online radio station that provides opportunities to young people; and C.R.Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young).